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Democrats Surge In Early Texas Voting

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As Texans head to the polls tomorrow morning, many of the nation’s largest news organizations are reporting on a massive Democratic surge in the Lone Star State during early voting.

In fact, as NBC news reports, through the first 11 days of early voting, the number of Democrats who had voted was up by more than 100 percent over the last midterm election 2014. This led NBC to openly wonder, “Can Texas Democrats turn the Lone Star State blue?”

While some pundits have scoffed at the notion of ruby-red Texas going for the Democrats, the idea isn’t so crazy. In Texas, over 39 percent of the population is Latino, a group that has been voting overwhelmingly Democratic. However, take that number with a grain of salt. Hispanics tend to vote at lower rates than whites.

Traditionally, Texas has voted more Republican than the state’s demographic profile would lead one to think.

But that may be changing this year, as members of the blue party are turning out en masse.